I drafted this whole post out when I was 39 weeks pregnant, a few days before I went into labor. Then I went into labor and had a baby and completely forgot about it. It’s still great information, though. I hope it’s as helpful to you as it was to me! ~ Beth Ann
This pregnancy has flown by.
I feel like a giant bag of terrible mother because here I sit, 39 weeks pregnant and my son not only doesn’t have a name yet . . . but he also doesn’t have a going home outfit.
Other moms are this bad at being prepared, right?
To mask my terrible-ness as a mommy I have decided it’s about time to pack a bag for the hospital.
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Times are so much easier now since I’ve already had a baby.
I don’t feel like I need to look up every list out there and pack my entire house into my tiny little car in hopes that I don’t forget ANYTHING.
List after list, after list. Pages of things, and the anxiety creeping in about forgetting something super important.
I’ve realized that it’s only a few days, in the grand scheme I probably will not need all of the things I bring.
If I need something I forgot there are stores everywhere and the hospital really isn’t that far from home.
It’s only a few days.
I don’t ever want my husband to leave me alone at the hospital so I’d rather be fully prepared, but it’s not that big of a deal if we forget something.
Here’s a quick list of things that I deemed important enough:
1. Identification, paperwork for the hospital, and birth plan.
Do you have a birth plan?
It doesn’t need to be super specific.
I had a long one for my first child and nothing went as I had wanted or planned so this time we’ll just have the basics such as immediate skin to skin contact, and no bottles or artificial nipples and no food that isn’t produced by ME.
As for the hospital paperwork, call your hospital and find out exactly what you need to bring for them to process you.
Some hospitals let you check in before you even go into labor.
2. Going home outfit.
This is where I’m a failure at pregnancy (what a great and totally forgivable thing to fail at!) because I still don’t have a going home outfit for my little guy.
He’s going to be the cutest though . . . whenever I find it. I also need to get some mittens for him, if he’s anything like his sister he will definitely need them.
Crazy face clawer.
The last thing you want on your perfect beautiful baby’s face is scratches from his unclipped nails.
You will want something warm for them to wear, because no matter what time of year you’re giving birth, it’s going to be colder than inside your belly, and you’ll want to keep that fresh new baby warm.
Plus a baby all bundled up is just the cutest thing ever.
To go along with this, perhaps a cute photo prop for all those cute sleepy pictures you’ll be getting of your little one!
Also important for a going home outfit is making sure you have something with legs – not a sleep sack – so that you can strap them safely into their car seat.
3. Car seat.
For me, the great thing about having children so close together is I can have them share things that I still have that still work.
Ha! Lucky guy gets his sister’s car seat.
We use an infant carrier (such as this one) at first because we really enjoy letting babies sleep.
Some people also use a convertible car seat (like this one) so they don’t have to lug the car seat in, and it will last longer.
We’ll see how this changes since we already have one child.
Since we have an infant carrier, we can correctly install the base in our car without worrying about it being in the way of putting Tushie in her seat.
We all use them, so make sure you pack all of your chargers and extra batteries.
Don’t forget memory cards for your camera!
They’re so important.
Just go ahead and clear those out now so you’ll have plenty of space for your new little one when the time comes.
Toothpaste, toothbrush, floss. I was surprised at how offended I was at myself when I didn’t brush my teeth after my daughter was born. All I wanted was a clean mouth.
Eye care. You’ll need contact solution if you wear them (glasses if you have them, because you’ll want to sleep when you can, without worrying about taking out contacts). If you get dry eyes, you’ll want your eye drops.
CHAP STICK. Trust. Me.
If you have long hair, you’ll want hair ties to keep your hair out of your face.
The air in hospitals are always conditioned, so bring lotion.
To reclaim a little bit of the comfort of home, pack your own shampoo and conditioner.
6. Clothes for you.
Perhaps the father as well, or he could pack his own.
I chose a comfy pair of pants that I wasn’t too in love with to sacrifice if needed, which for me means one of the pajama pants without pockets.
Seriously, who invented PJ’s with no pockets??
I also just wanted to wear flip flops.
I wasn’t too concerned about wearing socks, but maybe you love socks.
I didn’t find nursing tops to be that necessary my first time around, so I will probably just stick with the looser tank tops that I wear normally and a sports bra or two.
7. Nursing Requirements.
Nursing pads are a must, regardless of if you plan to nurse.
Your breasts are going to leak no matter what you choose.
I also loved my Boppy pillow, and sports bras that are easy to pull my breasts out of comfortably.
I already had a Boppy, but I got a new cover for my new baby, this is a cute one!
Nipple cream (or coconut oil) to help with the initial pain of nursing and to keep those things moisturized.
They also help you avoid having your nipples stick to your nipple pads.
There aren’t many things worse than peeling your already burning skin off a pad.
8. Extra blanket.
For some reason, they don’t have extras.
So when your husband is trying to sleep next to you, you’ll want to be able to give him a blanket (and maybe a pillow) to help him be comfortable too.
Here is a great oversized blanket you’ll love long after your big day.
9. Swaddling blankets.
I love these things.
I didn’t bring them with Tushie, but I use them with her ALL the time, so I’m going to want to start this little guy with them as soon as possible too.
If you need tips on how to swaddle, check out this post.
I made a list of things that I needed to pack last minute that I still use every day, and taped it to the back of the door.
When I am leaving for the hospital and nothing thinking about anything but labor, I will still remember everything essential.
This list included my phone, chargers, and checking my camera battery.
Is this list complete?
What would you add?